Peace Boat US’s programs take place onboard the Peace Boat, a large passenger ship that sails around the world three times each year. The official name of Peace Boat’s ship is the Ocean Dream. While most participants hail from Japan and participate in the full voyage of approximately 100 days, for international participants and academic programs it is possible to join for a shorter segment in a particular part of the world that best meets your interests. Contact Peace Boat US at any time to discuss in detail possibilities to come onboard the Peace Boat.

Upcoming Itineraries

Suez Canal Passage

Passing through the Suez and Panama Canals
are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for
participants, who also learn about their respective
engineering and geo-political histories.

Peace Boat usually sails on three global voyages and one short East-Asian voyage per year. Although the ports-of-call vary by voyage, the Peace Boat stops for one or two days per port, and global voyages range between 85 and 105 days.  Please see the upcoming itineraries for a good idea about Peace Boat travels. The following links will take you to the itineraries page of the Peace Boat website.

91st Global Voyage – April 12 to July 27, 2016
Peace Boat’s 91st Global Voyage will depart from Yokohama, Japan on 12 April 2016, and will return to Japan on 27 July 2016, sailing for 107 days around the world. It will visit several Scandinavian ports in the Baltic Sea, and includes scenic cruising through the Sognefjord in Norway, Cape Farewell’s Bay in Greenland and Newfoundland’s Bay in Canada. This voyage marks Peace Boat’s first visit to Santorini Island, Greece, Hamburg, Germany and Prince Edward Island, Canada.

92nd Global Voyage – August 18 to November 30, 2016
Peace Boat’s 92nd Global Voyage will visit 26 ports across and equatorial route around the world, passing through the Suez and Panama Canals, and visiting Northern Europe. Onboard the 92nd Voyage will be a special Peace Education program in Latin America, and the Global University will hold two programs, one in Asia on Human Security, and one crossing the Atlantic Ocean, focusing on Disarmament, International Law, and the UN.

93rd Global Voyage – December 9, 2016 to March 23, 2017
The 93rd Global Voyage heads for summer in the Southern Hemisphere, visiting ports including Maputo, Cape Town, Ushuaia, Rapa Nui, and Apia, while exploring themes related to environment and development within the Global South.

94th Global Voyage – April 12 to July 26, 2017
Peace Boat’s 94th Global Voyage will take advantage of summer weather to visit many ports in Northern Europe, including St. Petersburg (Russia), Riga (Latvia), Tallinn (Estonia), Copenhagen (Denmark), and others where onboard and in-port programs will include topics like advancing sustainable energy technology and European security issues.

95th Global Voyage – August 13 to November 25, 2017
A Northern Hemisphere voyage, the 95th around-the-world cruise visits ports including Yangoon (Myanmar), Kotor (Montenegro), New York City, Havana (Cuba), and two stops in Hawai’i.

96th Voyage Oceania – January 8 to March 5, 2018
Peace Boat will conduct a voyage through the Oceanic region, including a tour around various ports in Australia and New Zealand, as well as first time visits to Bali and Saipan.

Peace Boat’s Ship, The Ocean Dream

Peace Boat organizes its voyages on chartered passenger ships, adapting the onboard spaces to provide a unique and dynamic environment for its participants. Since May 2012, Peace Boat has been chartering the Ocean Dream for its global voyages. The Ocean Dream was built in 1981 in Denmark, is 205 meters long, and offers an excellent layout to facilitate Peace Boat’s unique onboard community and programs. Read more

Life Onboard

A guest educator from Palestine offers lessons in Arabic in addition to formal presentations about peace and conflict in the Middle East

A guest educator from Palestine offers lessons in Arabic in addition to formal presentations about peace and conflict in the Middle East

Onboard each voyage, with the participation of around 50 guest educators from across the globe, Peace Boat organizes a range of educational activities, including peace education workshops and lectures, language classes and cultural programs. The themes of these activities link Peace Boat’s fields of work with contemporary issues in the countries we visit. Additionally, all participants onboard are encouraged to contribute to programs, resulting in a daily schedule of more than 100 events and activities, from expert lectures on global issues to salsa dance classes, from Arabic conversation lessons to music festivals, from documentary movie screenings to soccer games on deck. Through utilizing the spaces onboard the ship, and harnessing the talents of all guests, participants and staff onboard, Peace Boat creates a special environment in which people can live, learn and undertake positive action together. Read more about life onboard

Registration Process

From creating a program to disembarkation, you will have close personal support at every step. All Peace Boat voyages and related travel services are conducted by registered travel agency Japan Grace Co., Ltd., in accordance with Japanese travel law.  The first step is to contact us.
For an overview of the entire process, please read more.